Q&A: Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery

Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery

Statistically, over 90% of rhinoplasties are successful. However, due to circumstances beyond a patient’s control, things can go wrong.

Thankfully, in the world of facial plastics, revisions can be made. Discover what revision rhinoplasty recovery entails here. 

First, Let’s Explore Realistic Expectations and Reasons to Pursue Revision Rhinoplasty

Before we delve into recovery for a rhinoplasty revision, let’s take a look at solid reasons to have the procedure. 

While you may have your own reasons for seeking revisional rhinoplasty, remember it is not about restoring the nose you once had. Instead, the priority is maintaining or even enhancing nasal function and aesthetics. 

As long as you find a surgeon skilled in the procedures, you can look forward to great outcomes and a boost in your self-confidence.

What Is the Timeline for Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery?

It is imperative you follow all post-revision rhinoplasty instructions from your surgeon, including taking pain medication as needed and as prescribed, limiting physical activity, and waiting at least two months before wearing sunglasses. 

The healing process varies for every individual, but here is a general recovery timeline:

  • One to two days post-revision rhinoplasty: Expect swelling, bruising, discomfort, and nasal stuffiness. Keep the nasal cast dry, elevate your head while sleeping, and avoid nose-blowing and wearing glasses. Ice and pain relievers help manage discomfort.
  • Weeks one to two: Most return to work with noticeable swelling and residual bruising. Follow post-op instructions and keep your head upright.
  • Weeks two to four: You should notice a marked reduction in swelling and bruising, with visible improvements in nose appearance.
  • Months one to three: Subtle changes are visible as swelling subsides, and you should be able to ease into daily activities.
  • Months four to six and beyond: Expect further refinement as residual swelling resolves. The final outcome starts to become evident over 12 to 18 months following surgery.

Turn to ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery to Right Your Nose Wrongs!

We have a team of exceptionally skilled, talented, and board-certified surgeons who are here to help you navigate the ins and outs of revision rhinoplasty.

Contact us at 703-448-0005 to book your appointment today.